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Welcome to our big eyeliner test 2021. Here we present all the eyeliners we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best eyeliner for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy an eyeliner.




Summary

  • There are four types of eyeliner that customers are familiar with and these are: Gel eyeliner, Liquid eyeliner, Kohl eyeliner, and Felt tip eyeliner.
  • A well applied eyeliner can transform your whole face. It can make your eyes bigger and your eye colour brighter.
  • If you want a very professional finish, then gel eyeliners are the best option for you. Eyeliner type that is mostly used by beginners is Khol Eyeliner or Liquid Eyeliner.

The Best Eyeliner: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should deal with before buying an eyeliner

With so many manufacturers, types, colours and textures, buying an eyeliner these days can be very complicated. That's why these few paragraphs try to raise some of the most important questions before you buy.

How much does an eyeliner cost?

The price of an eyeliner depends enormously on the brand. Drugstore brands like L'oreal, Manhattan, Essence, etc. range from 6 euros to 20 euros. Of course there is also a difference between drugstore brands, for example L'oreal will always be more expensive than Essence make-up.

On the other spectrum, we have the high-end brands like Clinique, Chanel, M.A.C, YSL, etc., whose prices range from 20 to 50 euros (or more).

Here are the eyeliner prices for each eyeliner type.

Eyeliner type price
Kajal eyeliner from about 2 euros to about 30 euros
Gel eyeliner from about 6 euros to about 60 euros
Liquid eyeliner from about 4 euros to about 50 euros
Cake eyeliner about 30 euros
Felt-tip pen eyeliner from about 8 euros to about 50 euros

The prices for eyeliner depend on the type of eyeliner

The cheapest are kajal eyeliners because they are the eyeliners that last the shortest.

Because of their formulations, liquid, gel and felt-tip eyeliners are the most expensive because here the manufacturer can experiment with formulation, colour, effects and packaging.

How do I use an eyeliner?

Depending on the type of eyeliner, the difficulty of application will vary, but generally the idea is the same. What is needed is time and a firm hand. Other important props are good lighting, a good mirror, possibly a good base make-up for good hold of the eyeliner and (if the eyeliner is kohl) a sharpener.

Did you know that the right eyeliner can make your eyes look completely different?

For blue eyes, shades like copper and gold will make your eyes stand out more. For green eyes, try red or aubergine. For dark brown eyes, earth tones are always suitable, they make the eyes sparkle. Light brown eyes are intensified by emerald and gold tones.

Preparation is the key to success

What is important to remember is that making your eyeliner perfect for your eyes will take time and mistakes, but eventually you will perfect your technique.

The key word here is technique, tutorials will help you get started, but with time, you will be able to find your own way that suits you best.

Decision: What types of eyeliner are there and which one is right for you?

Eyeliner is one of the most important make-up components in a make-up bag that can completely change a make-up look. You can generally distinguish between four types of eyeliner:

- Liquid eyeliner

- Felt-tip eyeliner

- Kajal Eyeliner

- Gel eyeliner

Each of these types of eyeliner differs in consistency, attitude, application, etc. Because they are so different, each of them have their own pros and cons, which should give you a clear picture of what to expect before making a purchase.

The purchase decision will of course depend on your eyeliner preferences, style, lifestyle, etc.. But also on the pros and cons of the product. Therefore, the following paragraphs are here to help you find the perfect eyeliner type.

In the following paragraphs, you will be introduced to the different types and their advantages and disadvantages, which will hopefully help you to broaden your knowledge and make shopping easier.

How to use a liquid eyeliner and what are its disadvantages and advantages?

This form of eyeliner could be thought of as the first form of eyeliner to achieve when starting makeup. At first, it requires practice to achieve the right technique for your eye shape, but later it is a dream to work with.

The eyeliner usually comes with a silicone brush or hair brush that is already dipped in the product, so no additional purchase is needed. Liquid eyeliner is one of the easiest eyeliner types to find. It is offered by every brand on the market, and in almost every colour.

Advantages
  • Precise application
  • According to the manufacturer, very good attitude
  • Many colours and finishes
  • Very wide range of manufacturers
Disadvantages
  • It dries slowly
  • Depending on the brand, it is very difficult to remove
  • Some of them fade during the day
  • It is very difficult to correct mistakes

This type of eyeliner is also perfect for anyone looking for a very precise application, with a variety of brands and textures to choose from. Of course, liquid eyeliner can be hard to use because it's too opaque and it requires practice. But once you master the technique, it offers the most beautiful effect for your eyes.

If the formula is waterproof, the eyeliner itself can stay put even after you have used a make-up remover. This can be the reason, if you make a mistake with this type of eyeliner, it can destroy your entire make-up look.

How do you work with a felt tip eyeliner, and what are its disadvantages and advantages?

We come to the next eyeliner type and that is the felt tip eyeliner, which can be counted as a new type of liquideyeliner. It is like a liquid eyeliner when it comes to application and it works like a normal pencil but for the eye shadows.

Unlike the liquid ey eliner, the felt tip eyeliner is easier to use and better for beginners but with the same colour payoff.

Advantages
  • Fast to apply
  • Precise to work with
  • Dries quickly
  • Very opaque
Disadvantages
  • The tip can lose its strength over time
  • Small amounts of product

So the advantages are: the application is fast because the tip is sharp, and does not hold any additional product or eyeliner ink. It's great for precise application because you don't have to worry about spills or too much product, and in many cases the colour payoff is good. So, the general conclusion is that this type of eyeliner can give you the results of a liquid liner, but only half the work.

Eyeliner Pflanze

What you need to know is that unlike liquid eyeliner, this eyeliner does not have smaller amounts of product. Because of this, these eyeliners dry out after a few weeks. (Photo: Drew Graham / unsplash.com)

Apart from that, make sure that after using it, you always keep the lid on as the eyeliner always dries out quickly. Finally, after a few uses, depending on the brand, the tip can become overused and not as stiff, which in turn won't offer the most precise results.

How do you use a kajal eyeliner, and what are their disadvantages and advantages?

Kajal eyeliner, is one of those eyeliners most users use even in inner eyelid, and usually when they start makeup.

It is one of the most available and cheapest types of eyeliner, with a wide range of colours and textures. It is offered by almost every brand, and depending on the texture, it can be used as eyeshadow or eyeliner.

Advantages
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Many colours, variations and textures
  • Easy to apply and remove
  • Very durable but can be blended
  • Suitable for the inner corner of the eye
Disadvantages
  • It runs out quickly, needs sharpening
  • The texture is not opaque like with liquid eyeliner
  • Many kajal eyeliner brands do not last long

Because it is so easy to find and cheap to buy, it is ideal for beginners. Other reasons are that it is easy to apply and remove because of its creaminess. And finally, kajal ey eliners are one of the rare types of eyeliner that can be worn in the inner corner of the eye.

The negative thing about a kajal pencil is that it needs to be sharpened, hence the quick use of this product. Sharpening can be good for hygienic reasons, but it shortens the use time of the product.

Sometimes the kajal eyeliners can give a really bad colour if the are not creamy, which can also cause eyelid skin irritation. Finally, because they are usually creamy in texture, they don't set and last as long as liquid eyeliner.

How do gel eyeliners work, and what are their disadvantages and advantages?

Gel ey eliner - a make-up artists favourite eyeliner type to work with. What is great about this type of eyeliner is that it is easy to use for beginners and experienced users.

It is also amazing for different types of eyeliner designs: cat eye, smokey eye, as an eye shadow and as a cream eye shadow.

You choose! It also comes in a lot of textures and colours, which is why it is one of the most popular types of eyeliner in the industry. Of course as with the other types of eyeliner this one has pros and cons

Advantages
  • Creamy, easy for application
  • Very durable, good for oily skin
  • Application with a brush is necessary
  • Good colour intensity
  • Very precise work possible
Disadvantages
  • Man has to buy own brush
  • Product dries quickly if lid is not set immediately

This type is super creamy, but also sets really well and quickly, which makes it suitable for beginners. For people with oily eyelids, this kind will save your life because whether it is waterproof or not, it stays very well.

A brush is necessary for this type of eyeliner, and depending on your preferences and abilities, there are many types of brushes available. It also comes in a pot, usually made of glass. When using this type of eyeliner, make sure you close the pot because it is prone to drying out. How will you know it's dried out? Well, it will crack.

Buying criteria: You can compare and evaluate eyeliners based on these factors

In the following section, we would like to introduce you to the factors you can use to compare and evaluate eyeliners. These comparisons should help you decide which eyeliner is right for you.

The factors are:

  • Waterproof
  • Drying speed
  • Skin compatibility
  • Pigmentation
  • Smudge-proof
  • Easy removal
  • Staying power
  • Opacity
  • Design

In the following sections you can read what each criterion means and why it is important for the evaluation.

Waterproof

This is one of the first features that will distinguish one eyeliner from another. It's also one of the most obvious criteria, and probably one of the first you should look for in an eyeliner, regardless of your skin type.

What's also beneficial to know is that almost every type of eyeliner is available in a waterproof formula, as well as in every brand.

When an eyeliner is made in a waterproof formula, it's more likely to offer a longer shelf life to resist sweat and water, and hold up on oily skin.

Drying speed

Depending on the type of liner, the drying speed will vary, but it mostly depends on the product properties. Longer drying time is usually found in liquid liners as well as felt tip eyeliners, while thicker eyeliners such as gel and kajal have a shorter drying time. It is always recommended to try the product before buying as the drying time depends on the formula used by the manufacturer.

Skin compatibility

Before buying an eyeliner brand, it is good to assess whether it will be skin friendly to you. This is an important criterion because it helps you to judge whether the eyeliner can cause potential skin lesions when it comes into contact with the skin.

You should also assess whether the eyeliner will cause allergic reactions or rashes. These criteria are also important if you wear contact lenses or have sensitive skin. In other cases, compliance with these criteria is also important if you are vegan or looking for products without oils, chemicals, etc.

Whatever the case may be, it is always important to assess whether the product you are applying to the eyes is skin friendly.

Pigmentation

One criterion you should check before buying a product is high pigmentation. The higher the pigmentation, the better the colours will look on the eyelid. To check the pigmentation of the product, you should always test the specified testers of the product.

Sometimes eyeliners can be dried out, which is why they do not produce enough pigment, so it is advisable to check the pigmentation before buying. As a rule, all eyeliners should offer the best pigmentation, but liquid eyeliners are the ones that are always highly pigmented. The reason is that you always use the fresh product (from the eyeliner bottle) on your eyes.

Gel eyeliners can sometimes be dried out or the gel can be too hard. It's the same with eyeliner pencils. Felt-tip eyeliners can also be dried out, but usually produce good pigment.

Smear-proof

This criterion applies to all people with oily eyelids who struggle with smeared liners after a few hours. Usually, if you're looking for a smudge-proof eyeliner, it's best to go for a waterproof formula, which should have the best power.

But these days, almost all brands claim that their eye products are smudge-proof without necessarily being waterproof, so the best way to be sure is to look at some testers.

Gel eyeliners are known to be very smudge-proof, and are known to stay put whether they are waterproof or not. The same goes for felt-tip eyeliners, which are usually smudge-proof once it comes to use.

Liquid and kohl eyeliners are a little different. Sometimes they just don't stay in place. Kajal eyeliners can often be too creamy, even if they are smudge-proof. On the other hand, liquid eyeliners can have trouble settling properly on the skin, causing them to run all day.

Staying power

This is a very important criterion because we all buy eyeliners with the hope that they will last all day. This is a criterion that all eyeliner brands claim, but sometimes it is not the case.

As a rule, all types of eyeliner are supposed to stay on the eyelid until they are removed. Problems can also occur with kajal and liquid eyeliner, which can lose their pigmentation during the day. This problem has also occurred with felt-tip eyeliner.

To extend the chances of buying an eyeliner with high wear, you should buy waterproof eyeliners or those that are manufactured with this feature specified.

Easy removal

This is one of the problems you will face if you buy an eyeliner with the above mentioned feature of high staying power or waterproof. Usually, when an eyeliner is waterproof, it is difficult to remove it with regular make-up remover.

Some of them can even stain the eye, such as waterproof felt-tip eyeliners, which are known to leave a grey mark that can last a few days.

There's really no way to know if your eyeliner will stain and be difficult to remove, but there are ways in which you can increase your chances of removal:

Instead of using make-up wipes, which can irritate the eye and cause redness, you can use micellar water or an oil-based make-up remover.

Oil-based make-up removers dissolve eyeliner but also take care of the skin and lashes. To avoid redness or irritation, it is safest to use cotton swabs or cotton wool to remove make-up.

Coverage

This criterion goes hand in hand with pigmentation, the only difference being that this represents the ability of an eyeliner to create a line without having to reapply the product. If you are able to draw a very pigmented cat eye with just one line without reapplying the product, it means that your eyeliner offers high coverage.

Eyeliner Blumen

As a rule, most liquid and felt-tip eyeliners are high in coverage when they are new, but after some time they may not produce as good results from the contents. (Photo: Alexandru Zdrobău / unsplash.com)

When it comes to gel eyeliners, they are usually very pigmented too, but there are cases where they just dry very quickly, sometimes even before opening. The opacity of eyeliner pencils, on the other hand, depends on their consistency, whether they are creamy or not.

Design

Eyeliner application is not an easy job. It takes not only practice but also a nice ergonomic product design so that the application runs smoothly and evenly, that's why design plays a very important role in eyeliner application.

The design is especially important for liquid eyeliners and gel eyeliners because they are the ones that need the highest technique and a firm hand, so a good product design is very important. Sometimes eyeliner manufacturers make mistakes with their design that result in the product being harder to apply.

But nowadays, manufacturers are trying to work on the product design so that the application is better and easier. Usually basic designs fit the human hand best, as well as a thin lid. Manufacturers like NYX also offer an eyeliner with an ergonomic shape, so it is easier to apply.

Facts worth knowing about eyeliner

Which eyeliner colour suits my eyes?

The cosmetics world provides us with almost infinite colour possibilities. If you want to try a colour other than classic black, you can use our table as a guide. It will tell you which colour goes best with your eye colour.

Eye colour Eyeliner colour
Brown eyes For brown eyes, navy or cobalt blue, grey, violet, green and yellow tones, gold and copper are excellent. Your eyes will shine.
Blue eyes Copper and gold tones harmonise well with blue eyes. Navy tones also flatter your eye colour.
Green eyes Your eyes will become even more exciting with red-tinged eyeliner colours such as bordeaux, violet or copper.

Which eyeliners make the eye look bigger?

It is common knowledge that eyeliner is used to enhance the shape and appearance of the eye. To answer this question, almost all types of eyeliner are used to make the eyes look bigger, but the difference is in the colour and shape of the line.

Eyeliner Frau

Characteristic of the perfect eyeliner is perfect curvature and thickness. A spoon, for example, can be helpful here, as you can apply it to your eye and thus get a super template for the perfect result. (paolopagani / 123RF.com)

Of course, natural colours like brown and black are known to open up the eye. Thinner lines on the central part of the eyelid are also known to open up the eye. Other shapes like cat-eye are known to elongate the eye. Eyeliner stencils serve as a helpful tool for this, especially for beginners.

Which eyeliner for which eye shape?

This question requires more attention, because of course there are different eyeliner shapes for different eye shapes. Many make-up artists have given their opinions on this subject, and they all agree:

  • For people with monolid eyes, the best eyeliner is a waterproof formula, preferably in brown because of their skin tone. Most make-up artists agree that the best eyeliner style is just an eyeliner flick on the outer corners of the eye.
  • For school pl ugs, it's best to paint a strong cat-eye look, which is why gel eyeliners and liquid are a good choice for these eyes. These types work best because they are very creamy but have a good duration. For this shape, it is important to stay away from applying eyeliner in the waterline because it visually shrinks the eye.
  • People with almond eyes are lucky, this eyeshadow looks good with any eyeliner shape and type.
  • Finally around round eyes. These eyes, like almond eyes can carry any type of look, but because round eyes can look big, it is usually recommended to avoid strong cat eyes. To achieve a clean thin eyeliner, liquid or pencil are perfect because they have a sharp tip.
  • Applying eyeliner to smaller eyes can be tricky, but when applied correctly it can look great. What's important to remember is never apply your eyeliner in the waterline because it visually makes the eye smaller. A good way to apply eyeliner for smaller eyes is to make sure the line is at the lash line and that it is not too thick, but rather thin and elongated at the corners.

Is there eyeliner for allergy sufferers?

Make-up has evolved in many ways these days. Almost all of them are dermatologically, oftenamologically tested and tested for various alergens.

For people with allergies, it is advisable to buy eyeliners without alcohol, chemicals, parabens, etc. There are a number of natural brands such as Alverde, which offers many high-quality eyeliners for low prices. People who suffer from seasonal allergies such as Poland allergies should opt for waterproof, natural formulas that are available for all eyeliner types on the market.

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